Now that May the fourth was with us, we turn our attention to May the fifth and the six-game slate that starts at 6:45 pm ET on FanDuel. To dig deeper into the best plays, check out our DFS tools! We start things off with Cedric Mullins, OF: $3,200 – Baltimore is facing Chris Archer, who has a 4.87 xFIP and allows 1.76 home runs per nine innings so far this year. Mullins has a .206 ISO and .349 wOBA against right-handed pitching over the course of his career. I think he is a solid play, and I do not mind the mini-stack with Mancini either!

 

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Shane McClanahan, SP: $10,100 – Yes, he is expensive but he has a 1.57 xFIP and a 39.3% strikeout rate this season. He is also facing Seattle, a solid team, but a team with an average offense. They are No. 12 in runs scored and No. 13 in ISO. It is between McClanahan and Nola for the top spend-up option on this slate and McClanahan has a better matchup.  

Jose Urquidy, SP: $6,800 – If looking for a punt for a GPP lineup, Urquidy is my favorite on this slate. Urquidy has struggled with just a 15.1% strikeout rate and a career xFIP of 4.54. Detroit is No. 8 in strikeouts and No. 30 in ISO. This is a good matchup, the hope is he can go out there and throw some quality innings. 

Trey Mancini, C/1B: $2,700 – I like Mancini in this spot here for cash games. He is likely going to bat second against Chris Archer, a pitcher with a 4.87 xFIP, and who allows 1.76 HR/9 this season. Archer’s surface stats look good but his underlying metrics are problematic. 

Rhys Hoskins, C/1B: $3,000 -Hoskings is batting just .202 with a .167 ISO. He is facing Taijuan Walker, a pitcher with a 4.47 xFIP last year. I like the Phillies to put up some runs and Hoskins bats in a great spot in the order to score and drive in runs. 

Jose Altuve, 2B: $2,900 – Altuve has a groin injury and could very well sit out. If he does not sit out this is a great spot for him to face Tarik Skubal. Last year Skubal had a 4.06 xFIP but allowed 2.11 home runs per nine innings. This year his xFIP is 2.70 and he has allowed zero home runs this year. Under $3K is too cheap for an all-star type of player. Here’s hoping he is healthy enough to play.

Gio Urshela, 3B: $2,400 – Third base is a tough one on this slate. Urshela is batting just .257 with a .057 ISO this year… Not exactly the form you want to be in. He is facing Spencer Watkins and his career 5.45 xFIP, and he allowed 1.99 home runs per nine innings last year. 

Javier Baez, SS: $3,200 – While I did tout Urquidy, he is a tough one to project. Baez is batting .292 with a .208 ISO. They are facing Jose Urquidy, a player with a 4.54 career xFIP and allowing 1.83 home runs per nine innings this year. In general, this Tigers lineup isn’t one to feat but Baez is very capable. 

Randy Arozarena, OF: $2,700 – Arozarena is batting just .209 with a .110 ISO, both much lower than his career numbers of .267 and .192 respectively. The Rays are facing Robbie Ray and I am not scared of him for Arozarena at all. In his career, he has a .256 ISO and .405 wOBA against left-handed pitching. 

 

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

No weather concerns tonight!

 

Doing Lines In Vegas

I like Cleveland +137 against Toronto